The Green Bay Packers are trying to mend fences with one of the team's most legendary players.
"We want to have [Brett Favre] back in the family," President and CEO Mark Murphy told Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Paul Imig during the Packers’ annual “Tailgate Tour” event on Tuesday.
Murphy’s comments highlight an attempt by both the Packers and 43-year-old Favre to repair their relationship. In February, Favre was a co-presenter at the NFL Honors show alongside Aaron Rodgers, his 29-year-old former rival and heir to Green Bay’s starting quarterback job. Both men are Super Bowl champions.
"I thought he and Aaron jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award was a great first step," Murphy told Fox Sports Wisconsin. "We're hopeful to have [Favre] back in the fold and get him back involved in the organization soon."
This isn’t the first time that Murphy has expressed a desire to bring Favre back to the Packers for special occasions. At an NFL meetings in March, Murphy told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he believed the franchise would be able to bring Favre back for a jersey retirement ceremony.
Meanwhile, according to ESPN Milwaukee, Favre told a local radio station that he would “one day” be willing to return to Green Bay.
Favre’s relationship with the Packers has been rocky since 2008, when the Lambeau Field fixture retired after years of contemplation. Three years earlier, the Packers had drafted University of California, Berkeley's Aaron Rodgers to replace Favre. When Favre decided to unretired and regain his old position, the Packers denied him, shipping him off to the New York Jets.
As a result, tensions between Favre and the Packers -- most notably Rodgers -- have been running high. Still, both sides appear ready to put the past behind them, and Rodgers has said he wants to "move forward" as far as mending their relationship.
"I thought it was good timing to just let the fans know, to let Brett know, let's move forward," Rodgers said on his ESPN 540 radio show in February. "Let's heal things up and move forward."
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...